Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Maine
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Maine Project


Engaging Maine Blueberry Growers to Develop Tools for Native Bee Use and Conservation (S.Hanes, F.Drummond,K. Collum, B.DuClos, A.Hoshide collaborators)

July 2014 - December 2015


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Sustainability Solutions Initiative, University of Maine

Pollinator loss is a significant, global problem for crop and wild plants that rely on animal pollination. Although many growers continue to rely heavily on honey bee pollination services, there is growing interest in reliance on pollination by native species, however, there is uncertainty about how this change in pollinator reliance may affect crop yield. This research addresses Maine lowbush blueberry growers’ need for tools that help them use and conserve native bees. The project is developing a spatial “pollination toolkit” for growers to use to assess the quality of bee habitat in their crop landscape and identify optimum locations for planting bee pastures.

Presentations Presentation Date
DuClos, B., S.P. Hanes, C.S. Loftin, and F.A. Drummond. 2015. A web-based tool for grower assessment of native bee abundance in the wild blueberry production landscape. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting, Wells Conference Center, Orono, ME, 25 March. 2015-03-25
DuClos, B., S.P. Hanes, C.S. Loftin, and F.A. Drummond. 2015. A web-based tool for grower assessment of native bee abundance in the wild blueberry production landscape. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting, Wells Conference Center, Orono, ME, 25 March. 2015-03-25
DuClos, B., S.P. Hanes, C.S. Loftin, and F.A. Drummond. 2015. A web-based tool for grower assessment of native bee abundance in the wild blueberry production landscape. Maine State Wild Blueberry Growers meeting, Bangor, ME, March 15. 2015-03-15
DuClos, B.L., S. Hanes, C.S. Loftin, F. Drummond. 2014. A web-based tool for grower assessment of native bee abundance in the wild blueberry production landscape. Presentation at the 1 December Maine EPSCoR State Conference, Wells Conference Center, Orono, ME. (poster) 2014-12-01
DuClos, B.L., S.P. Hanes, C.S. Loftin, and F.A. Drummond. 2014. Wild Blueberry Commission Advisory Board Meeting, Brunswick, ME, November 2014-11-01
Hanes, S.P., B. Du Clos, S.P., Groff, S.C., Loftin, C.S., and F.A. Drummond. 2016. When farming is like fishing: Lessons from the BeeMapper. Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Seminar, Orono, ME. 15 February. 2016-02-15